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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 19, 2022

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Durham, a vibrant city listed on the AARP Age-Friendly Network and Kiplinger’s 50 Best Places to Retire in the U.S., is a relatively affordable option for retirees. While its overall cost of living is a little higher than the state median, it’s 5% lower than the national average. Seniors don’t pay state taxes on their Social Security benefits, which may leave more money available for long-term care expenses. The city’s general affordability may also help offset its comparatively high assisted living rates, which exceed state and national averages at $4,800 per month.   

This guide provides more information on long-term care costs in Durham, including how assisted living rates compare to other local senior care options and how seniors in residential care pay for monthly expenses when retirement income isn’t enough. It also provides details and contact information for free resources available to Durham seniors and highlights the highest-ranked assisted living facilities in the region.   

The Cost of Assisted Living and Care in Durham, NC

The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey shows that assisted living facilities in Durham charge $4,800 per month. 

Durham’s assisted living rate is high compared to the state and national medians, which come in at $4,010 and $4,500, respectively. The city is an affordable alternative to Asheville, where older adults pay $4,998 for services, and to Wilmington, where care costs are the highest in the state at $5,254. In New Bern and Goldsboro, assisted living is considerably more affordable at $3,645 and $2,700, respectively. 

  • Durham: $4,800  
  • North Carolina: $4,010  
  • United States: $4,500 
  • Goldsboro: $2,700  
  • Wilmington: $5,254  
  • Asheville: $4,998  
  • New Bern: $3,645 

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Durham, NC 

Assisted living rates in Durham, which average $4,800 per month, are moderate compared to other senior care options. This level of care is an affordable alternative to nursing home care, which costs $7,026 for semiprivate rooms and $7,908 for private accommodations, making it a budget-friendly option for those who need short-term or intermittent skilled nursing services. In-home care and home health care are priced similarly to assisted living at $4,767 each but don’t include living expenses such as housing and meals, which may impact affordability for some individuals. Adult day health care is the most affordable option at approximately $1,636 per month. 

  • In-Home Care: $4,767 
  • Home Health Care: $4,767 
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,636 
  • Assisted Living Facility: $4,800 
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room): $7,026 
  • Nursing Home Facility (private room): $7,908 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Durham, NC

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Other Ways To Pay for Assisted Living in Durham, NC

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For additional information and planning, read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in North Carolina.

Free Resources for Seniors in Durham, NC

Durham residents can contact several local agencies and programs for up-to-date information and one-on-one assistance with accessing the services they need throughout their retirement years. This table highlights the top resources for seniors in the region.




Triangle J Area Agency on Aging  (919) 549-0551  The Triangle J Area Agency on Aging serves Durham area residents aged 60 and over through a broad range of programs to help them maintain their independence and financial stability throughout their retirement years. It operates multipurpose senior centers and dining programs where older adults can enjoy recreational activities and hot meals to supplement what they obtain through assisted living. It also provides volunteer opportunities and ombudsman services for those in long-term care facilities.  
Durham County Veterans Services  (919) 560-8387 The county’s Veterans Services office helps older veterans and their qualifying family members apply for local, state and federal benefits. Its staff can help visitors compile supporting documents and fill out and submit applications for pension benefits, Aid and Attendance and disability compensation. The office also provides information and referrals for community-based resources and services for veterans.  
Senior Law Project 

(877) 579-7562 

Senior Law Project is a free program that helps older Durham residents access civil legal information, assistance and support. It has legal professionals who specialize in assisting individuals in obtaining public benefits, such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income, that may help cover assisted living services. It also operates a toll-free helpline, which is available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Durham Center for Senior Life 

(919) 688-8247 

Durham Center for Senior Life is a regional nonprofit organization that provides a range of resources and free services to seniors, including options counseling, information and referrals and social and recreational programming. It also provides health insurance options counseling to help older adults understand their Medicare benefits, identify Medigap and Medicare Advantage Plans available in their region to determine if one is right for their needs and obtain screening for Medicaid.  
AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP 

(919) 321-8910 

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program enables those aged 55 and over to serve their communities through a range of volunteer opportunities. Participants access free placement services and training, along with benefits such as transportation reimbursement and supplemental liability insurance. Volunteer activities may include tutoring children in classrooms and libraries, delivering meals to housebound individuals, assisting with income tax preparation and tending community gardens. 

Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities in Durham, NC

Assisted Living Communities in Durham are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Durham, NC

The Stratford

The Stratford is a community on 3 acres of quiet surroundings in the heart of Tar Heel Country. A regularly scheduled senior shuttle transports residents to the walkable downtown area or UNC Hospital campus. The Stratford is an all-inclusive community, taking care of everything from housekeeping and linen services to meal preparation. The beauty parlor and barbershop help residents look their best, while the fitness center allows them to feel their best. Thoughtful care from attentive staff encourages seniors to maintain as much independence as possible. A comprehensive activity and social calendar offers opportunities to socialize or engage in a favorite hobby. 

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Atria Southpoint Walk

Residents at Atria Southpoint Walk are encouraged to take in everything the community offers, whether it's an off-site trip to the Durham Performing Arts Center, or meeting new friends over cards or a game of bingo. The experienced staff is always available to lend a discreet hand with dressing or personal care, and a skilled nurse is on-site for wellness checks and to oversee medication management. Spacious apartments designed with the safety and mobility of the elderly in mind, have cable TV and internet plus an emergency call button. A sunny garden and patio provide space to enjoy the fresh air and walk their pets. 

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Brookdale Durham

Seniors living at Brookdale Durham can age in place if their needs change, with the peace of mind knowing they won't have to leave friends and familiar surroundings. Trained caregivers are available 24-7 to assist with mobility, hygiene and diabetic oversight, while the nurse on staff during business hours can diagnose illnesses and give wellness checks. Guests of residents are always invited to visit and enjoy a made-from-scratch meal in the community dining room. There's plenty of fun to be had here, too, with activities like wine and cheese socials, cooking classes and workouts to challenge both the brain and the body. 

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  • Party space for community celebrations or private use
  • Resident parking and transportation provided

LiveWell at Coker Hills

We've placed LiveWell on our list for its beautiful location in a leafy area surrounded by nature, as well as the rave reviews consistently given the compassionate, friendly staff. This is a smaller assisted living community that offers a close feeling of home. Available activities include gardening, photography and live music, with input from residents about their favorite pastimes. The lifestyle here is founded on a philosophy of "thriving in place," helping seniors find joy and meaning in daily life. Road trips and excursions into the community are regularly scheduled, including trips to worship centers. Residents also participate in community service. 

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Croasdaile Village

We included Croasdaile Village because it's a newly constructed facility that's purposefully designed for assisted living. The private apartments include safety features and emergency call buttons, and the garden offers a secure place to take in the sunshine and fresh air. Croasdaile seniors have two options for dining, both of which feature tasty creations prepared by trained chefs. Life enrichment caters to the interests and hobbies of residents and includes games to keep wits sharp, and exercises to keep bodies healthy. Volunteering is encouraged here, with opportunities to teach a class, participate in a community theater performance or act as a dinner host. 

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Carolina Meadows

Carolina Meadows offers Medicare-approved health care and services on-site, so residents can receive treatment without leaving home. In-house doctors, nurses, physical therapists and a podiatrist provide care on an individual basis, and there are medical professionals on staff around the clock. The community lifestyle features lifelong learning programs that allow residents to branch out and learn new things or explore favorite interests. A vibrant physical fitness program, featuring activities such as golf, yoga and swimming, means seniors here have a variety of options to stay healthy. For those who need a little help with daily life, licensed caretakers are always ready to lend a hand.

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Carolina Reserve of Durham

Welcome to California Reserve of Durham, a vibrant assisted living community with a daily life program that encompasses all aspects of wellness and care. Residents contribute to the scheduled programs by communicating what they enjoy doing, and what they'd like to try. A typical day here may include a yoga class, gardening outdoors in the fresh air and playing chess or bingo with friends. Each private apartment is equipped with internet and cable, so seniors who wish to may simply relax in solitude. Compassionate care from friendly staff and 24-hour supervision mean that resident needs can be quickly met. Transportation is also provided. 

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  • Pet-friendly community
  • Fresh, seasonal fare made from locally sourced ingredients

Eno Pointe Assisted Living

Thoughtful, attentive staff and a lovely facility are two of the characteristics that stand out among reviews of Eno Point, and the reason that it's part of our 10 best. The community is located just minutes from Duke Hospitals, and the on-site services here include medication management, diabetic monitoring and emergency assistance. Eno Point partners with Doctors Making Housecalls, which provides residents with medical attention, podiatry services and physical therapy, without having to leave home. Diagnostic services and lab tests are  included. Delicious chef-prepared meals are created with balanced ingredients and plenty of variety. Transportation and parking are provided. 

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  • All-inclusive services  
  • Activities include live music, devotional services and movie nights

Brookdale Meadowmont

At Brookdale Meadowmont, seniors are encouraged to sustain social relationships and friendships, whether it's meeting new people at a Happy Hour or community party or joining a planned activity, such as participating in a cooking class in the community kitchen. The covered porch, filled with flowers and rocking chairs, is an ideal place to sip a morning cup of coffee or while away the afternoon with a good book. An on-site beauty parlor and barbershop help residents always look their best. Group trips to places like the North Carolina Botanical Garden and Bulls baseball games are regularly scheduled. 

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The Addison of Durham

The Addison is a charming senior living community tucked in the heart of town, giving seniors quick access to shopping, pharmacies and entertainment. Residents receive skilled nursing care and professional assistance whenever they need it, whether it's treating an illness or an escort to meals or group activities. Outside, the private lawn and patio are secured for resident safety. Physical movement and fitness are important to preserving residents' health and the group walking clubs, yoga and balance classes here make exercising fun. Learning and discovery through daily trivia and visiting lecturers help seniors keep their wits sharp. 

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  • VA benefits consultations available
  • Assistance with making doctor's appointments and transportation are provided